Huddersfield actress Jodie Whittaker has been caught up in the magic of Christmas.

She is one of the stars of a new film about Christmas, due out later this week.

Add she admits she was delighted to be involved with Get Santa.

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Jodie, of Skelmanthorpe, who is also due for a return to our TV screens next month in a new series of Broadchurch, joined other stars of the film at a premiere in London’s West End.

The stars included two of the reindeer who appear in the fillm.

Santa is played by Jim Broadbent while other stars include Warwick Davis, Rafe Spall and newcomer Kit Connor who plays Jodie’s son.

Cast members (from left to right) Jim Broadbent, Kit Connor, Rafe Spall, Jodie Whittaker and Warwick Davis (front) attend the world premiere of Get Santa at the Vue West End cinema, London.
Cast members (from left to right) Jim Broadbent, Kit Connor, Rafe Spall, Jodie Whittaker and Warwick Davis (front) attend the world premiere of Get Santa at the Vue West End cinema, London.
 

The festive family film sees Santa locked up for trying to rescue his reindeer, who have been impounded in Battersea Dogs Home.

His freedom depends on a small boy (Kit Connor) and his dad (Rafe Spall) getting him out.

Stars of the film, who posed with the reindeer and sleigh, told of the perfect casting of Jim Broadbent in the role of Father Christmas.

Spall said: “I think Jim is related to Santa.

“I think he’s got a direct line to Father Christmas, there’s something funny going on that I can’t get my head around. He’s the perfect Santa Claus.”

Warwick Davis, who plays one of Santa’s elves and goes to prison with him, said: “When I first saw Jim in his Santa outfit I became a six-year-old child again, I was looking at him with wonder in my eyes because he defines Santa so perfectly.

“Jim has played Santa on a couple of occasions previously, but I think this is the definitive version.”

Jodie said: “I came in for a costume fitting and said, ‘Can I visit Santa on set please?’

“I thought Jim had gone all method and put on about three stone for the part, but he assured me it was all padding.”

On portraying Father Christmas, Broadbent said: “It is fun, you get to dress up as Santa and be nice to everybody.

“You’ve got to get Santa right. People know what to expect with Santa. Then you can start making it your own, but first of all you need to get it right.”

Get Santa is released in cinemas on December 5.